Adam helps Roding take a Hold at Ecko

Another successful weekend for High Roding saw both the first and second teams secure comfortable victories. The first team visited bottom club Ecko Monarchs in the Herts & Essex League Division Two and put in a professional performance. Ecko batted fir

Another successful weekend for High Roding saw both the first and second teams secure comfortable victories.

The first team visited bottom club Ecko Monarchs in the Herts & Essex League Division Two and put in a professional performance.

Ecko batted first and splendid bowling by Jeff Clarke (5-32) and Mark Gallop, restricted them to 123 all out.

Adam Holdgate, who had recovered from last week's injury, scored 56, and another fine knock of 45 by Matthew Hammond saw Roding reach the target for the loss of three wickets.

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This Saturday Roding visit Springfield.

High Roding seconds hosted Essendon, taking a well deserved victory.

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Essendon batted first and reached 172-6. Venables scoring 42, Meekons 37 and Chamberlain 36.

Linney took 29-2, and Tadman 16-2 for Roding.

Not a huge target, but Steve Robinson was out first ball which did not help matters. Andy Denney went on to score 97 and Andrew Clarke 48, with Pallett taking 2-16.

Roding lost four wickets before they reached the winning target.

The seconds host Molehill Green on Saturday.

Clavering crashed to a defeat at home to local rivals Wendens Ambo on Sunday.

The hosts, batting first, could not cope with a combination of a difficult pitch and accurate bowling by the Wenden attack.

Ellis removed openers Leek and Oakes in a sharp opening spell leaving Paul Miller to try and rebuild the innings. His 64 was the only innings of note as Carpenter and Flack went through the Clavering line up in only 32 overs, as the home team struggled to 114.

Wenden then capitalised on a wayward opening burst with Joyner and Evans putting on 32 for the first wicket, a slower ball from Ben Warren beating Evans.

However, Clavering's bowlers could not settle to a consistent line and length and it was only when Boddy was introduced to the attack that Wenden looked troubled. Boddy picked up 3-20 from a five over spell that briefly threatened to turn the game, before Metson saw his side home to an emphatic victory, ending on 116-6.

- The match was preceeded by a minute's silence following the death of Clive Monk from Clavering, who had served the club since 1955 as a player and committee member.

Dunmow seconds continued their horrendous batting form away to Willingale on Saturday as they were skittled out for a meagre 67.

The only contributions of note came from opener Gypps, who carried his bat for 25 and a quick fire 14 from Strong.

The pick of the Willingale bowlers was Robinson, who returned noteworthy figures of 7.4-3-9-7.

Dunmow started positively in the field and two quick wickets from Hamlin looked to set Willingale on the back foot. In reality, 67 was never a competitive score and Willingale cruised to victory by eight wickets.

Dunmow seconds host Hockerill on Saturday while the first team, who lost at home to Tuddenham by seven wickets at the weekend, are at Lakenheath.

An excellent performance with bat and ball saw Chesterfords defeat Great Canfield on Sunday.

The visitors won the toss and batted first. Openers Paul Phillips and Tom Dowrick got off to a slow start and in the fifth over they lost Dowrick for five, which brought Rob Paskins to the crease.

Skipper Phillips (34), batted well until he was caught in the 19th over, which ended a 50 run partnership between the two batsmen. Paskins continued to impress and was eventually bowled in the 26th over for (41).

Chesterfords increased the run rate with the two experienced batsmen David Perring (17) and Waz Mughal (42). Mughal played a typically aggressive innings which saw the total race onto 170 with five overs to go.

Mughal's innings came to an end being well caught in the deep, which saw young Richard Taylor (14) and Nick Dowrick (10 no), together at the crease. Both batsmen kept the run rate going and with a cameo in the last over from Brad Mchugh, Chesterfords posted a impressive 195-7 off their 40 overs.

Chesterfords display with the bat was well matched by their bowlers as openers Tom Thake bowled a fantastic spell of quick aggressive bowling finishing with figures of 1-8 of eight overs.

Alan Stokley took 2-18 of eight which left Canfield on 30-3 after 12 overs. Young Richard Taylor enjoyed a tidy spell of 0-12 off four overs and Shaun Stokley took 2-20 in eight overs.

Canfield found themselves up against it on 85-6, but produced a mini fight back and only the introduction of Mughal who took 3-1 off 1.1 overs, finished the game off with Chesterfords taking the victory in the 36th over.

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